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Rapid City Regional Hospital Receives National Award for its Donate Life Efforts

Mar 29, 2015 11:49AM ● By MED Magazine

Rapid City Regional Hospital has been recognized with a federal, gold award for its efforts to educate staff and the public on organ and tissue donation and increase the number of registered donors.


In 2014, RCRH had 100 percent referral of potential donors, 100 percent compliance with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) referral requirements, 100 percent families of potential donors approached about donation opportunity, five organ donors, and 19 tissue donors.


Susan Gunderson, LifeSource CEO and founder, of Minneapolis presented the Gold Recognition National Hospital Organ Donation Campaign Award to RCRH President Mick Gibbs and staff at a public ceremony on March 12. The award is a component of Workplace Partnership for Life and is given by the US Department of Health and Human Services’, Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA), Healthcare Systems Bureau, Division of Transplantation.


LifeSource, the nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives through donation in the Upper Midwest, recommended RCRH for the award.


“I applaud our caregivers, particularly those on our Donor Resource Team, who work directly with donor families and also strive to increase public education about the importance of organ and tissue donation,” said Gibbs, who also thanked Gunderson and LifeSource “for being exceptional partners in our Donate Life efforts.”


This is not the first time that RCRH has been honored for its organ and tissue donation efforts. In 2012, the hospital received the HRSA Bronze Medal of Honor for Organ Donation and was the 2013 recipient of the LifeSource Partner of the Year Award. In 2014, LifeSource named RCRH the Hospital Partner for Excellence in Tissue Donation.


For more information about organ and tissue donation, or to register as a donor, visit